[Ed. note: Coolfer gives us his final set of music picks today; we'll miss him, but thank goodness we'll still be able to read him at his own site.]

Last one, folks.

At the Knitting Factory tonight is the musical equivalent to wearing a horizontally striped polo shirt with pinstriped slacks--but who knows, it might work. It's an event called Bandages, a montly show of "emerging music, film and art" that covers two of the Knit's floors. Bands on the diverse bill bill include Bad Wizard, Ekland, Black Cat Revolver and Stretch Armstrong. A cast of DJs will spin, including Junior Sanchez and Tarts of Pleasure. But hey, who needs continuity?

kerenannsmall.jpgAt Southpaw tonight is a performance by French singer-songwriter Keren Ann (pictured). Rare is the writer who fails to call her a chanteuse, just to give you an idea of her seductive style. La Lacque will open the show and Melody Nelson will be on the decks, so it's pretty much an all-French evening. Keren will also be at the Knitting Factory on Sunday.

Also tonight, local Velvet Undground-loving indie rockers Ambulance LTD are playing fill-in for The Giraffes at the Mercury Lounge. No advance tickets will be sold, so I'm told, so pray for a gentle wind tonight and get in line early.

For some reason the kids really like The Constantines. I'm not on that particular bandwagon, but I never really got with Carter the Unstopple Sex Machine, either, so I've had egg on my face before. Anyway, The Constantines are at the Mercury tomorrow night. Enjoy.

Joe's Pub hosts globalFEST on Saturday, though sadly it's already sold out (some tickets may be available at the door as people leave the venue). Some incredible musicians will be performing: Guinea's Mory Kante, NYC's Antibalas Afrobeat Orcestra, Argentian singer-songwriter Juana Molina, Mali's Rokia Traore, Paris Combo, local group the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spain's Noche Flamenca and a few others.

On Sunday, the Knitting Factory hosts the NYC Winter Jazzfest. Tickets are $25, and on the bill are The Bad Plus, Erik Friedlander, James Carter Organ Trio, Dave Douglas Quintet, Keren Ann, Claudia Quintet, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra and plenty more.

Fans of Wilco's early days, back when you could still call them Americana or alt-country or whatever, should check out One Star Hotel at the Living Room on Monday.

Also:

- The Silent League at Northsix, tonight
- Gang Gang Dance at Tonic, tonight
- The Occasion at Sin-e on Saturday
- Bling Kong at the Makor Center on Sunday
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at Irving Plaza on Sunday
- The Epochs at Nublu on Monday
- Def Jux showcase with C Rayz Walz/Hangar 18/Beans/Rob Sonic at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday
- The Damnwells at the Lakeside Lounge on Tuesday

Playlist:

- The Epochs: "The Candidate"
- The Constantines: "On To You"
- Bad Wizard: "Loosen Up"
- The Silent League: "The Catbird Seat"
- La Lacque: "La Week-end"